The Avondale Racecourse is home to the Avondale Jockey Club. The Club was founded in 1889 when Avondale was just rural farmland although this area had known horse racing as far back as 1864. The first race meeting took place in 1890 and the price of admittance was one shilling.
The Avondale Racecourse is a righthanded 1800m track. There are monthly meetings but exact times and dates vary. Admission is free and you can take a punt or two or just enjoy a quiet drink. The Avondale Cup is run annual here and during the summer months the sports grounds within the race track are used for touch rugby and cricket. On Sundays the carpark is turned into market stalls.
This area is particularly lovely from the months to October to April where you will see a bright display of these perennials in borders and clusters.
Location : Botanic Gardens, Hill Road, Manurewa
By Air : Auckland airport is 21km south-west of the city center (35 mins). There is a free shuttle service operates between the international and domestic terminals for those in transit. The Airbus Shuttle runs every 20 minutes between the airport and Downtown Auckland and stops at most major hotels - around NZ$13.00. A taxi will cost you around NZ$50 to the city and there is a Door-to-door shuttle service which also operates to and from the airport for around $20 for one person and $25 for two.
Seafood buffet thats us!!!
All the seafood you can eat with the best view in Auckland....and they serve steinlager pure, a very crisp and refreshing beer!!!
The service is excellent and you can book online! For me the fresh oysters, scollaps in a morney sauce or the mussles, freshly roasted vegetables and an assortment of meats....and the plates just kept on coming out, i just kept on eating untill i could not get one more oyster in!!!
Shirley had much the same but enjoying some of the cold meats, the fresh salads and the desert selection including the mini pavalovas, she could not beleive her luck.... favourite one!!!
Skytower - the perfect lookout over the city
With its 328 meters the Skytower is not only the landmark of Auckland but also the tallest free-standing building of the southern hemisphere.
Since its opening in March 1997 Skytower is used for broadcasting radio and television and attracts visitors from all over the world who have a gorgeous look over Auckland from its observation platform. On the platform you'll find a glass-bottom area. It's a strange feeling to stand there and look down.
The building is designed to withstand high wind speed and earthquakes. It's said that tower would not collapse even after an 8.0 earthquake.